This pre-festival trip will explore some of the best birding spots on the Clear Lake Loop of the Upper Texas Coast – Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. This area contains a variety of habitats, including approximately 60 acres of oak woodlands, riparian edge habitat along the bayou, freshwater ponds, wetlands, and bay waters. This amazing habitat diversity attracts a wide variety of resident and migratory bird species, as well as other wildlife such as turtles, deer, alligators, and swamp rabbits.
We’ll hike along the well-maintained trail system looking for raptors including Ospreys, Red-shouldered Hawks, and Cooper’s Hawks; songbirds including White-eyed Vireos, Painted Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, orioles, and warblers; shorebirds including Black-bellied Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones, and Willets; and Brown Pelicans, Neotropic Cormorants, herons, egrets, and other wading birds. After a break for lunch, we’ll check for Red-breasted Mergansers, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and other duck species on lakes near the bay.
Bring water, snacks, lunch, and insect repellant.
Drive your own vehicle and walk